Last Saturday we had a huge wind storm around the BC / Washington coast. BC hydro had more people without power than ever in history. ..... and sadly one of the the boats that made the voyage to Desolation Sound with Friendship last year was driven onto the beach at Port Townsend.
Belle Starr anchored with Friendship in Blind Bay last year, a happier time.
Here she was Saturday afternoon as salvage crews dragged her out to deeper water where she sank to await calmer seas the next day.
After spending the night on the bottom in about 35’ of water, she was raised on Sunday and the damage could be seen.
I caught the ferry down yesterday and Michael and I got into some repair prep. The plan was to cut back to good wood with a skilsaw set at 45 degrees and splice in new plywood panels. This is something I have had a fair bit of experience with so it wasn’t too hard. This is where we got yesterday in just a couple of hours. The topside panel is cut back and just the bottom panel remains to be done.
And this is where we were when I had to head back today. All the broken plywood is gone and the edges are ready to receive the new panels. Michael will get the clean-up finished and assemble materials while I run my first marquetry course here and then I’ll go back down in October and we’ll get her buttoned up nice and snug before the bad weather sets in. I’ll post the repair process then.
Thanks for looking in
-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/